Materials for Crafts

Many wood products are used to make crafts that are sold as souvenirs in local and international markets. In Nicaragua, a great variety of crafts are produced from wood from non-conventional species that do not have other uses, as well as from fiber extracted from secondary forests. The markets of Masaya and Masatepe in southern Nicaragua are visited by local and international tourists (Santana et al. 2002). The extraction and marketing of these products have a substantial impact on local economies, involving a variety of people, including the people who extract the NTFPs from the forest, the intermediaries, the artisans, and the sellers in the local markets.

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